mortification, is, therefore, a sudden sense of defeat and loss of control over
internal or external objects or realities, caused by an aggressing person or a
compulsive trait or behavior. It produces disorientation and terror (distinct
from anticipatory fear).
The entire personality is overwhelmed by
impotent ineluctability and a lack of alternatives (inability to force objects
to conform or to rely on their goodwill). Mortification reflects the activity
of infantile strategies of coping with frustration or repression (such as
grandiosity) and their attendant psychological defense mechanisms (for example,
splitting, denial, or magical thinking).